Cuba softens new law on artistic expression

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HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is softening the impact of a heavily criticized new law that would have given government inspectors power to shut down any exhibition or performance deemed to violate the country's socialist revolutionary values.
Vice Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas says in an interview with The Associated Press that the inspectors won't have as much power as some artists fear. He says they'll largely act in response to complaints and after consulting with the ministry.
He says it's meant to respond to complaints from the public and intellectuals about the misuse of patriotic symbols and vulgarity in popular culture.
Many of Cuba's most renowned artists had complained about the law in closed-door meetings with high-ranking government officials. Some independent artists staged street protests.

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